Here are some of the questions that people ask about police chaplains. They will explain a little more about what we do and why.
- They make themselves available to people who need someone to talk to someone in confidence.
- By their on-going presence, they become aware of the stresses & strains of life in their force and try to help staff at all levels by being a critical friend.
- All chaplains will pray regularly for their force and for the situations and members of staff they are involved with.
- If appropriate, they visit staff who are ill at home or in hospital and they offer care to families and friends.
- They get involved if a member of staff dies, particularly if this is whilst in service.
- They lead formal religious services such as carol services or memorial services. They may also officiate at weddings and baptisms, if appropriate.
- Although chaplains are appointed specifically to care for all staff, they will, of course, help with victims or offenders if necessary and will certainly offer advice on matters of religious faith.
- They are available as an operational resource to officers; for example, in situations of distress or death.
Chaplains don’t try to convert you!
Although chaplains are drawn from all faith communities, they are very aware that members of staff may be of a different faith or none. The chaplain’s prime concern is the care of the individual and matters of faith will be treated with sensitivity involving other faith ministers where appropriate.
The chaplaincy team usually consists of a co-ordinating chaplain and a network of voluntary chaplains attached to local stations across the force area.